Nebula Award winner Esther Friesner is the author of more than 30 novels and over 150 short stories. She is also the editor of numerous popular anthologies. She is married, is the mother of two, harbors cats, and lives in Connecticut.
You can visit Esther at www.sff.net/people/e.friesner/
Gr 6-9-Nefertiti is a bright, beautiful, graceful child, indulged by her prosperous and influential family. She is also willful and independent, learning to read and write at a time when women are not expected to do so. But when she is summoned to the court of her uncle, Pharaoh Amenhotep III, she is stunned to learn that her fate has been decided for her-she is to marry her cousin, the crown prince, even though she doesn't know him, and as she gets to know him, she doesn't like him. Nefertiti uses her wits and skills, and forges alliances in the shady recesses of the palace at Thebes in order to take matters into her own hands. Certain liberties appear to have been taken with the birth order of Pharaoh's children, but in most other respects, the story is carefully constructed so as to fit plausibly into Nefertiti's story, about which little is known until she marries Akhenaten. In some instances, Nefertiti also seems suspiciously modern in attitude-she is extremely democratic in her relations with her servants and slaves, and occasionally lapses into 21st-century language. The architecture, dress, food, and court life of Egypt during the New Kingdom are described in moderate detail. Readers who enjoyed the "Royal Diaries" books (Scholastic) will welcome this novel.-Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.